2016: Annus Horribilis?

As a new year rapidly approaches the following Barbados Advocate editorial should force citizens to reflect. – Barbados Underground

trumpWhen, in November 1992, in a speech marking the fortieth anniversary of her accession to the throne, Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, the Queen of England (and Head of State of Barbados, though not in this capacity) described that year as an “annus horribilis” [horrible year], she was referring to a number of painful events that had taken place that year, especially among her immediate family. Inter alia, one of her sons, Andrew, had, in March, announced his imminent separation from his wife, the Duchess of York; her daughter had been divorced from her husband the following month; and, a mere four days prior, her official residence at Windsor Castle had been extensively damaged by fire. As if these incidents were not sufficiently depressing, Mauritius in East Africa had abolished the monarchy in March and assumed republican status.

The phrase has been frequently and variously used since. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations (1987-2006), so described his final year in office and, for the following year, the Spanish newspapers saw cause to apply an identical description to the preceding twelvemonth for events besetting the Royal Family there.

Given the nature of many events that have taken place locally, regionally and further afield, readers should forgive us if we affix a similar epithet to this year as it subsists for its last forty-eight hours or so.

We have witnessed this year the deprivation of some citizens from the supply of an adequate supply of running water for substantial periods. Added to this scarcity, as the year neared its end, there was the alarming dysfunction off the South Coast sewerage system that caused significant dislocation to that area and, it has been alleged by some, fecal matter to be seen in the streets.

Throughout this year too, there has been the niggling issue of economic stringency that has engendered increased taxation with the concomitant rise in the cost of living; the abysmal deterioration of our roads; and the seemingly perpetual downgrading of the nation’s creditworthiness by the international rating agencies.

Regionally, we observed the popular resistance to embracing the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice as the repository of final appellate jurisdiction both in Grenada –that made this clear in a referendum and in Antigua & Barbuda –where a similar initiative has been officially stalled. In Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica, the incidence of homicide has grown exponentially and their nature even more gruesome with each report. Locally, while our murder rate does not approach those of these two jurisdictions and, indeed, some others, the incidence of unlicensed firearms remains a concern.

In Britain, its citizens chose, in a June referendum, to delink from the EU; a result that was as surprising as it was of uncertain consequence for us in these parts. The shocker, however, came in early November in the US where, contrary to all predictions, Mr. Donald Trump won the favour of the Electoral College to become the President-elect of that federation.

That Trump came to office on a manifesto of division, affirmations of ungentlemanly conduct towards certain groups, especially women; the worrying character of some of his recent Cabinet choices, and in light of credible reports from the national intelligence bodies that there was Russian interference in the election, his election appears a global nightmare.

We should note, however, that the year has not been horrible only. Barbados celebrated 50 years of sovereign statehood with a yearlong observance that culminated on November 30 with much pomp and circumstance. Nonetheless, this fleeting moment was never going to suffice to remove the universal pain of 2016.

Have a blessed and healthy 2017, dear reader.

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68 Comments on “2016: Annus Horribilis?”

  1. HAMILTON A HILL December 31, 2016 at 7:45 AM #

    I take this opportunity to wish the BU household, as well as all those who took the time to contribute here the very best for the coming year. To you that share my passion for a better Barbados I say lets redouble our efforts to rid this blessed land of the scoundrels that now mascaraed under the banner of Errol Walton Barrow’s Democratic Labour Party.

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  2. Dompey December 31, 2016 at 8:01 AM #

    When we start talking about utopism, then we begin to titter on brink of delution because we have to accept year for all that it has been. No one said it was going to be easy, so therefore, we ought to give the Man who sits on high and looks down low thank for making it through another year, whether Annus Horribilis or Annus Mirabilis

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  3. Dompey December 31, 2016 at 8:11 AM #

    Hamilton A Hill

    Does removing the members of the present political establishment, ameliorate the widespread corruption that is associated with those who are charge with the responsibility of prosecute the will of the people whether DLP or BLP?

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  4. Gabriel December 31, 2016 at 8:19 AM #

    A Prosperous New Year to the BU household.May our most fervent wish come true;to be rid of this DLP administration of horrors.
    Mauritius went on to Republicanism and became one of the most blatantly corrupt countries in the world.Still is,ranking 45th(1 being the most corrupt)of 167 countries.Among those up before the Judges on corruption charges is……you guessed it…the Minister of the Environment.

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  5. Bush Tea December 31, 2016 at 8:37 AM #

    Sorry to have to be the one to inform the BU family,
    but from all indications….
    2017 will be even more of an ‘annus horribilis’ …

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  6. David December 31, 2016 at 8:44 AM #

    @Bush Tea

    For some made more horrible by the fact the DLP has a fair chance of being returned to office. The crap that has unfolded under this government yet the Opposition has not been able to mobilise citizen support in a visible way.

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  7. Vincent Haynes December 31, 2016 at 8:47 AM #

    2017…..has all the indications of being a roller coaster year,this year was just the prelude/entre to the events that will unfold next year.

    BU family sit back and enjoy……..best wishes for the new year.

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  8. Bush Tea December 31, 2016 at 9:13 AM #

    @ David
    The FUNDAMENTAL problem in this world is something Bushie has dubbed as the ‘albino-centric characteristics’ of humans.
    It is exemplified by selfishness, greed, a mindless lust for materialism, and a spitefulness towards others that destroys everyone.

    The BLP displays these tendencies even more so than the DLP.

    While those in the DLP are mostly also albino-centric, they are also outstandingly simple-minded and incompetent….. so their indiscretions are easily seen.
    They also tend to be incompetent, even in their vindictiveness – things like exposing personnel records of detractors, sidelining opponents in ministries etc.

    That the BLP continues to be unable to sit down …and democratically and TRANSPARENTLY come up with a leader that they ALL can support – even after two terms in opposition,
    ….and that they continue to persist with a woman who has failed at all the highest possible levels of government – for 14 long years – to impress,
    ….and who has a ‘vice’ that resonates with a major segment of our ‘churchified’ population..

    should be enough to tell us that, even if we manage to rid ourselves of the idiots we now have, we are VERY likely to be surrendering ourselves to new devils in the background.

    That the BLP continues to be unable to spell out an alternative policy and strategy should tell us that – either there is none …. or that such strategy is not going to be palatable to thinking Bajans…

    …fortunately for the BLP, ‘thinking’ and ‘brass bowls’ tend to be mutually exclusive concepts.

    Bottom line ….
    Our ass is grass.

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  9. HAMILTON A HILL December 31, 2016 at 9:19 AM #

    @ Dompey……I have zero interest in debating why I feel how I feel. You got you opinion….I got mine.

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  10. enuff December 31, 2016 at 9:21 AM #

    @David

    “…the Opposition has not been able to mobilise citizen support in a visible way.”

    Do explain.

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  11. Vincent Haynes December 31, 2016 at 9:40 AM #

    Bush Tea December 31, 2016 at 9:13 AM #

    Chuckle…..yuh too like a lotta long talk……..leh muh hep yuh…….

    I Bushie am a male chauvanist who objects to female leaders……..full stop.

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  12. Bush Tea December 31, 2016 at 10:04 AM #

    LOL @ Vincent
    Bushie does NOT object to female leaders…. in the circumstances
    Who else will lead …when the ‘men’ are more female rabbits than the women? … children?
    Have you seen the so called ‘men’ around the damn place lately….? oestrogen junkies…!!
    Even if the women would prefer not to do so, they have no damn choice …for their children’s sake.

    What men what??!!
    Bunch of effeminate, big-bellied, ball-less brass bowls …..
    No character, no righteous virtues, no principles, no legacy, no achievements……
    a ‘Man’ is a fella who REFLECTS the characteristics of God….

    Right now, an actual green monkey as leader would probably be an improvement.

    BTW
    What happened to your donkey?
    Were you not born in England like Thompson?
    Why are you not offering your esteemed self for national leadership…?

    …Oh Wait!!!
    You spent decades in agriculture …and it is almost dead now ain’t it? …no impact..?!!
    Those who are faithful in small things are the ones who should be given great authority…
    LOl
    ha ha ha

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  13. Anonymouse - The Gazer December 31, 2016 at 10:24 AM #

    @ Vincent Haynes

    “I Bushie am a male chauvinist who objects to female leaders……..full stop.”

    Too simple an analysis if applied to Bushie’s full comments about the BLP. Some very articulate and persuasive voices in BU provide support to that party, but the party itself seem to be absent/silent and unable to take advantage of the tomfoolery of others.

    I hope they do not expect to win by just turning up at the last moment. Given a choice between a devil they know or a complete set of strangers, some may feel comfortable with their local devil.

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  14. Anonymouse - The Gazer December 31, 2016 at 10:31 AM #

    It might appear that dark times are ahead of use, but we are not fortune tellers and we should never underestimate what good there is in our fellow man.

    I look to 2017 with a great deal of hope. I will disregard the omen and discard the tea leaves and continue to put my faith in my fellowman’s desire to have good triumph over evil.

    Wishing all you a prosperous and pleasant 2017. May your God travel with you.

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  15. David December 31, 2016 at 10:49 AM #

    @enuff

    Fair enuff, there is no excitement because of the anticipation of policies being enunciated by the government in waiting. In a nutshell, there is no hope.

    It is like the country is waiting for Stuart et al to stumble and self destruct.

    May be the Opposition is working hard but …

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  16. David December 31, 2016 at 10:58 AM #
    alit Gopwani

    Yesterday at 12:51

    On Wednesday 28th December at approximately 9:51 am, there was a congregation of Barbadians outside of the Plastic Licenses Department (Pine, Wildey) due to the fact that the office was closed. There was no sign nor notification given by any staff about the closure. Obviously furious, the scores of people wanted answers to why this department was closed when the stipulated opening hours time was 8:30 am. One lady had to hunt down a chief officer to obtain some answers. The lady was successful in locating a Mr. Knight who was blissfully aware that members of his team did not feel like showing up for work. Mr Knight made the following statement "we are understaffed and we will close the Oistins branch to ensure that this (Pine) department can open"

    Several Barbadian people have now spent over an hour waiting to conduct their business and move on with their day. This is absolutely unacceptable. Given the current situation of the island’s water sewage system and condition of our roads, it begs us to ask the question "where do our tax dollars go?"

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    Margaret Blackman

    Margaret Blackman Did not feel like turning up for work!!! Were they paid for that day? Disgusting.

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    Lisa Worme

    Lisa Worme And this would be why how many of us have not been able to get the plastic license….that and the machine not working. We can’t keep wasting man hours waiting or getting there to find it is closed.

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    Duane Burke

    Duane Burke Army of occupation. Unfireables. Make bad for the Good people that work there.

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    Catherine Lewis

    Catherine Lewis Speechless

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    John Boland

    John Boland Tax payers money 💰 lining government pockets

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    Steve Thomas

    Steve Thomas I don’t get it, all Bajans do is talk, complain, huff & puff, talk some more and put everything on Social Media…

    TALK is CHEAP!See more

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    Logan Watson

    Logan Watson The Nation Publishing Co. Limited

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    Sean Chandler

    Sean Chandler I don’t know why Bajans expect anything from the civil service

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    Drew Banfield

    Drew Banfield No accountability for anyone from worker to manager to minister!!! None!!! When was the last time anyone lost a job for incompetence!!

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    Sean Chandler

    Sean Chandler Sandiford

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    Robin Catwell

    Robin Catwell Bun um to feck down an stop alld long talk. Pramp pra pramp we loke um so

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    Philip Tony Wilson

    Philip Tony Wilson Can you imagine when I reach 70 in a year’s time I will have to go through it every year as they will only issue a license for one year once you reach that age

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    Philip Tony Wilson

    Philip Tony Wilson My son was there from 8:30 and got in around 10:15. And he only needed the picture license. While he was annoyed he said it was hilarious to hear the comments from those waiting.

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    Michael Goodman

    Michael Goodman I wonder what would happen if we said "we didn’t feel like paying our taxes".

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    Lottie Wicks

    Lottie Wicks Yep. Same old shit. I was there 3 hours in one line. Then at lunch time i was told plastic licenses closed for the day. No explanation. And the machine was working !

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    Ek Boss

    Ek Boss Got lucky in October,entered and saw one person in there,boy was i shocked lol.In 15-20 mins my license was sorted and I was out the door,boy was I relieved.

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    Sue Sue

    Sue Sue dont even worry with that, just use the receipt. They have to know

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    Mark Jordan

    Mark Jordan Tax money going straight up Fruendels fat Nasty nose holes!

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    Zena Waithe

    Zena Waithe Jeez !!!’ It is ‘so ‘ time to reform this license business… it doesn’t encourage anyone to be "legal" on The road does it ?! I just can’t understand why they can’t implement a new system where no one needs to stand in a queue.. let it be done online See more

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  17. lawson December 31, 2016 at 11:25 AM #

    Bushy you are sounding like anus horribilis , start the new year off right let bygones be bygones move on from the mean old jews…whites …or whatever group takes your fancy. Things can change for the better in a second imagine a country filled with angry old white guys presto they are not angry anymore. Barbados can do the same get and vote.

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  18. Bush Tea December 31, 2016 at 12:52 PM #

    @ lawson
    Well they did say that it takes one to know what one sounds like…
    Just pray that Bushie don’t become more like you in the new year,
    BU REALLY could not tek um…. 🙂

    Be that as it may…
    May you 2017 be filled with all your albino-centric desires….
    …because blummah, when Bushie turn up the whacker in the new year
    um going be cat piss and peppa bout pun BU…..

    The Whacker now upgraded to 105 size nylon …and new rings got the four-stroke kicking….
    It could be a rough going down for you in ’17 Lawson boy…. for you and Money B…
    So enjoy the old years night-
    and do get drunk – but don’t drive…..
    LOL
    ha ha ha

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  19. lawson December 31, 2016 at 12:59 PM #

    Lol have a happy new year, hook up with RiRi at limegrove for some cocktails ….sorry to hear you are suffering from vitiligo.

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  20. ac December 31, 2016 at 1:14 PM #

    Happy New Year. Remember there is only one Barbados

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  21. Gabriel December 31, 2016 at 2:44 PM #

    White Power finally made a mistake in 2016 and honour Trump while trying to dishonour Obama since 2008. Mark me word.January 20th nekshare White Power days numbered for the next 500 year cycle.The game is up.

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  22. 555dubstreet December 31, 2016 at 3:11 PM #

    Happy New Year Bar Bay Doss Underground

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  23. Observing December 31, 2016 at 4:56 PM #

    Happy 2017 to the entire BU family.

    @David
    Yes the DLP does unbelievably stand a chance of returning to power due to the worse Opposition in the history of oppositions.

    @Bushie
    Given your diagnosis of the condition of our arses let’s hope there aren’t any grass fires.

    @ac
    One people, one nation, diverse religions, many complexions, but we all agree, we got one destiny! Let’s aspire to lift the country higher!!!!!!

    Observing

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  24. Vincent Haynes December 31, 2016 at 4:57 PM #

    Bush Tea December 31, 2016 at 10:04 AM #

    Chuckle…….now back from my Martins bay pudding&souse….best on the island……

    as nusual ah dus have to correct your misinformation……

    I was not born in the UK,effen yuh nused to read muh disertations instead of skimming dem yuh wud dun know.

    Tell me why at my advanced age would I seek to offer myself to BrassBowls in order to become the Chief one amongst you……

    This is your chance with BBE at your back and the wacker in your hand what can stop you from becoming the head honcho of BrassBowls and effen yuh wan some hep ina agriculchar I would show yuh wey all dem studies is…….fuh sum blenza doh.

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  25. David December 31, 2016 at 5:28 PM #

    @Observing

    Amazing isn’t it?

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  26. ac December 31, 2016 at 7:29 PM #

    IMHO both parties have a chance at winning. The task at hand for the opposition is that of presenting a viable option to solving the nations woes , A task which so far the opposition has refused to under take . A task which so far the DLP has under taken,

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  27. vincent haynes December 31, 2016 at 7:36 PM #

    Chuckle….yup,govt and opposition in the same party….guinness book bozie…..Bimmers are bosses.

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  28. ac December 31, 2016 at 7:45 PM #

    yuh see when bajans are told the truth they chuckle but it is always those who laugh first that makes it easier for others to get the laugh last hee heee heee

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  29. Konkieman December 31, 2016 at 9:19 PM #

    Bushie and others, this 2017 will be a great year. If you get scared bend down, wrap your hands around your ankles and hold on for a good shite, political correctness will get a good spanking, and reality will resume the norm.

    Sometimes we need a reset, in the US we can handle it, how bout you in Bim? Can’t see anyone in your future doing this for you?

    Laughing at you idiots as usual. This is good comedy so enjoy the next 4 years, I will love it, listening to your winning and bitching comments.

    Keep up the entertainment.

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  30. GreenMonkey December 31, 2016 at 11:14 PM #

    Ever notice that government’s attempts to “make things better”, ends up making things worse?

    Case in point, applying for visitor’s driving permits. Note the other countries that I know about allow visitors from overseas to rent or drive a car based on them having a valid driver’s license in their home country, no need to apply for any money grabbing visitor’s driver’s permit in the first place. But that is besides the point.

    In days of yore one could easily pickup a visitor driver’s permit for a visiting friend or family member to whom you wanted to lend your car while they were in the island. You could get a visitor’s permit at the airport when you met their flight or at any police station. Procedure took about 5 or 10 minutes max.

    Then preumably in efforts to “improve efficiency and make things better” the decree came down from on high that if a person was not renting a car the only place to get a visitor’s pemit was at one of the official licensing offices. (If renting a car, one would get the permit from the car hire firm at the same time the car was picked up.)

    Had 3 visits from friends and relatives coming in from overseas to stay with us at various times over the last month or so. First time I went with a visiting friend to pick up a visitor’s driving permit at the nearest office in Oistins, we see immediately there is a big long lineup with live working bodies behind only two of the five service windows. I left my friend in the line up and stepped outside and called one of the local car hire companies our family deals with when we find ourselves in need of a hired car and asked them as a favour if I brought my friend over over and paid the permit fee if they would provide her with a permit even though she would not be renting one of their cars. They said sure, come on over and we will give you the permit here. So went back inside and got my friend out of the line and drove over to the car hire company’s office and got the permit in 5 minutes. When we exited the licensing office in Oistins my friend heaved a sigh of relief and said a person waiting in line ahead of her just told her before I came back to retrieve her from licensing office, line-up pergatory that the wait to get served would be at least an hour.

    About 10 days later went in with a visting relative to get another visitor’s permit. Same story as above re. the long lineup and lack of personnel to service said lineup, so a bit hesitantly this time I called my friendly car hire company, explained once again about the long lineup at the licensing office and asked them if they could please oblige me with another visitors permit for my relative. This time I noticed the person on the phone hemmed and hawed a bit and went away to confer with someone else and came back and said that she could provide me with only one more permit. After we got to their office they explained that they had to start watching how they gave out permits, as they were starting to get low on them, and they sometimes saw hell to get the new books of blank permits from the authorities to meet the needs of their own car rental customers. If they let themselves run out of permit forms before getting replacements in they could be in trouble.

    When I went with the third visitor for a driver’s permit the same situation at the licensing office prevailed once again. This time I felt too embarrased to impose upon the car rental company to ask if they had been able to secure some more permits and would be in a position to provide another of my visiting relatives with a permit so thought we would just have to stick it out. Besides which, I was curious to see just how long the Barbados goverment thought it fitting to inconvenience an overseas visitor (bringing in some much needed foreign exchange) over a useless, bureaucratic triviality. Turned out to be one hour almost exactly. I imagine that is considered speedy service compared to the long waits other have reported.

    “Barbados – just beyond the imagination” – Indeed it is.

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  31. David January 1, 2017 at 10:47 AM #

    Mnster Kellman is at it again.

     

    Denis Kellman

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    Can Potholes save lives?

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    David Davis

    David Davis so come the number of fatal fatalities down at a time you all complaining about potholes?

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    David Davis

    David Davis Stokely Murray come take a look at this shit!

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    Stokely Murray

    Stokely Murray As the year barely breaks he kicks it off with already the most ignorant post of the year? Trina Daniel Yolan Pantin Daphne Ewing-Chow Rhonda Hughes Sonia Mullins Rommel Hall Tanya Perry. Look at this ignorance right hey so

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    Rommel Hall

    Rommel Hall Wait…what? O_o

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    Rommel Hall

    Rommel Hall So he is trying to say that the decrease in road fatalities coincides with the increase in potholes? Boy…

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    Sonia Mullins

    Sonia Mullins Can someone tell me when elections are constitutionally due?

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    Caroline Eastmond

    Caroline Eastmond Not sure but I think I heard 2018 but even the garbage pile up all bout the place and then they celebrate 50 years and don’t talk bout the buses u gotta be careful in them too them is health hazards just take a look at the state of them all the dirt in the windows and ceilings it’s just sickening sometimes u sit and a sharp object tearing or stick ya on ya hand what is this country coming too

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    Stokely Murray

    Stokely Murray QueenBee Hinkson you too!!

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    David Davis

    David Davis Can someone please tell him also that if it is a fatality it is fatal!

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    Sonia Mullins

    Sonia Mullins Not on January 1st…..I just can’t.

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    QueenBee Hinkson

    QueenBee Hinkson But what the jail…. you mean so early in the year he gas up already???? They need to carry his behaviour on social media to parliament to get a bill passed!!!!!

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    Sonia Mullins

    Sonia Mullins LOL

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    Stokely Murray

    Stokely Murray I am still trying to wrap my head around the possible meaning behind this ignorant question.

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    QueenBee Hinkson

    QueenBee Hinkson You would hit dope and never understand what he mean… left he out hear?

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    David Davis

    David Davis The meaning is quite clear by his follow up statement that fatal fatalities are down so why are we complaining about potholes!

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    Stokely Murray

    Stokely Murray So don’t look for the 6 million potholes to be fixed at all people!!

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    Stokely Murray

    Stokely Murray KAtrina Ifill stop peeping lol. Wuh really gine on?

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    Stokely Murray

    Stokely Murray Maybe the road fatalities are down because drivers have adhered to better and safer driving? Or is it that they can’t risk going faster on the roads here as the craters make them slow right down?

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    QueenBee Hinkson

    QueenBee Hinkson Stop trying to make sense out of nonsense!!!!

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    Yolan Pantin

    Yolan Pantin What nonsense is this?

    Trump running Bim now?

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    Sonia Mullins

    Sonia Mullins I’m lost!!!!!! I will not curse today. I will not curse today. Love and Light. Peace Goodwill towards men!!!!

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    David Davis

    David Davis In his mind it would be better to leave the pothole so drivers are forced to reduce their speed on the dangerous pothole ridden roads or better yet how about going back tuh donkey carts? Yeaah that would reduce road fatal fatalities Mr Denis Kellman!

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    Marcia Joseph

    Marcia Joseph Do these people travel , and come back with no new vision , new imagination or fresh plans for their own country ?

    .

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    David Davis

    David Davis The more pertinent question is Do they care about this country period?

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  32. Caroline Eastmond So it’s water, potholes garbage and buses and if I’m not mistaking I think the new thing is paying for garbage collection so when some decide to dump or burn the cycle return poor people who can’t even make ends meet will be forced to burn and God forbid dump then health problems will be on the rise

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  34. Hants January 1, 2017 at 6:52 PM #

    transmission fluid was leaking into the road and two engine mounts and the wheel arm were broken. – See more at: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/92031/couple-damages-pothole#sthash.c98o8EM3.dpuf

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  35. Prodigal Son January 1, 2017 at 10:58 PM #

    Happy New Year to all!

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  36. David January 1, 2017 at 11:06 PM #

    The following exchange with minister Denis Kellman is self explanatory:

    kellman

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  37. Bush Tea January 1, 2017 at 11:27 PM #

    OK David
    Point proven.
    Kellman is an AC…..
    LOL
    ha ha ha

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  38. Artax January 2, 2017 at 12:29 AM #

    @ ac December 31, 2016 at 7:29 PM #

    Yes, “BOTH PARTIES have a chance at winning. The task at hand for BOTH PARTIES is that of presenting a viable option to solving the nation’s woes. A task which so far BOTH PARTIES have refused to undertake. A task which so far the DLP has NOT undertaken.”

    This inept DLP administration is the worst ever administration ever to govern Barbados. Take a look at the “contents” page of their 2008 manifesto and compare with what has actually happened under “Fumble and his fools.” Let me give a few examples.

    PART ONE: PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST:

    1) LOWERING THE COST OF LIVING: This administration increased VAT from 15% to 17.5%; imposed a 2% National Social Responsibility Levy effective September 1, 2016. As at December 31, 2016, manufacturers are at a loss on how to apply and report the levy; and imposed other taxes, which increased the cost of living. Running a high deficit and “printing money” increases inflation.

    2) IMPROVING ACCESS TO PROPERTY OWNERSHIP: The DLP promised H.E.L.P (Housing Every last Person), yet houses built over 2 years ago at the Grotto and other developments in Barbados remain unoccupied.
    3) HEALTH CARE FOR ALL: The QEH continues to be plague by shortage of medical supplies, equipment, ambulances and long waiting periods in the A&E. Suppliers owed by the QEH refusing to extend credit and are with-holding supplies.

    4) EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY: after assuring Barbadians tertiary level education will remain state sponsored, the DEMS subsequently announced that existing and potential UWI students have to pay tuition fees. Ordinary Barbadians could not access the systems put in place to facilitate loans, scholarships and grants were promised, but not delivered, causing a significant decrease in enrolment numbers at UWI. And there is war over teachers correcting SBAs. Combermere debacle; and expensive enquiry to transfer teachers from Alexandra; the “sweety paper” incident at Springer; teacher vs student fight at Ellerslie……. These issues gave Jones hell to solve. EDUCATION IN A MESS.

    5) FAMILIES FIRST: What has this inept DLP administration done for families? Well, during their retrenchment program, they retrenched 2 people from the same household; increased the cost of living. But they put their “families first” through nepotism. Kellman’s relative as HR manager at NHC; Michael Lashley’s attempt to employ his relative at the Transport Board was aborted because TB employees took industrial action. Richard Byer allowed to charge a government entity over $700,000 for providing a service another lawyer similarly provided for $17,000. The DLP “family” placed Leroy Parris and Michael Carrington “first” and ahead of the clients they duped. Hal Gollop and Guyson Mayers “getting out licking.” The only three lawyers in Barbados that can offer advice on CBC TV8 are family members Hal Gollop, Verla DePeiza and Guyson Mayers. They even appointed Mayers as chairman of the PSC with a specific duty to fire former COP Darwin Dottin. Yes, “Families First.”

    6) EMPOWERING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE: The DEMS introduced their “Youth manifesto” and have been unable to fulfill the promises contained therein. The youths’ dreams of attending university were derailed by the DEMS.

    7) ENHANCING THE ROLE OF WOMEN: Joyann-Grant dismissed from Caves of Barbados because she questioned the exorbitant fee Richard Byer charged and after he verbally abused her; information in Lisa Marshall’s personal file were exposed to the public because she asked about her severance payments from the Transport Board; Marilyn Rice-Bowen dismissed as chairperson of the NHC because she queried then housing minister Michael Lashey’s decision to have CLICO build houses without a contract; former female employees of the NCC had to wait 2 years before receiving severance; while women of Beautify Barbados are yet to receive severance payments 3 years after being retrenched.

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  39. Artax January 2, 2017 at 12:50 AM #

    8) TREASURING OUR SENIORS IN THEIR GOLDEN YEARS: The Urban and Rural Development Councils have been unable to fulfill their mandates relative to the repairing and provision of homes for elderly Barbadians.

    9) Sports for all: The National Stadium, Garfield Sobers Gymnasium and almost all the public sporting facilities in around Barbados are in dire need of repairs, because the sporty minister Stephen lashley took too long to address these issues. DEMS really mekking sport at sports.

    10) SOCIAL SECURITY: THE LAST SAFETY NET: I have a friend who has been home on sick leave and has not received any type of benefit from the NIS over the past 9 months; people are complaining about the extended delays they are experiencing in receiving their sickness, maternity and unemployment benefits. However, social security is ACTUALLY a “safety net,” especially if you take into consideration that is administration seems to be using the funds as their personal bank account.

    11) MAKING OUR CULTURE WORK FOR US: What culture?

    12) HASSLE FREE SERVICE: In this regard, let’s look at the BRA, for example. Try paying your driver’s license fee, road tax, learner’s permit fee, land tax at the BRA’s offices. You receive hassles when applying for a passport, ID card, birth certificate, public service vehicle permits (not if you are a family member, remember, “families first”), receiving a VAT or income tax refund.

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  40. Artax January 2, 2017 at 12:59 AM #

    PART II: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

    13) NEW MACRO-ECONOMIC POLICY PARADIGM: This new policy includes consecutive credit rating downgrades; high fiscal deficit; high debt; manipulating economic data; imposing taxes that are difficult to implement; a finance minister and central bank governor “dat daon know wuh de shiite duh doing.”

    14) TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE: Nuff “pot holes” and passenger waiting in terminals as long as 5 hours for buses.

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  41. charles skeete January 2, 2017 at 3:33 AM #

    “Gabriel December 31, 2016 at 2:44 PM #

    White Power finally made a mistake in 2016 and honour Trump while trying to dishonour Obama since 2008.”

    Gabriel it was the unanimous vote of white power and not black power that gave Mr Obama the most powerful job in the world for eight years.

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  42. ac January 2, 2017 at 7:10 AM #

    Artax did the BLP fufilled all of their promises to the people in their fourteen year reign ..why do t you go back and take a read of ALL the promises which the BLP made and were not fullfilled one of which included upgrading the water system and which was never done
    So don’t come here with your “socalled” measuring of pretense.

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  43. Vincent Haynes January 2, 2017 at 7:35 AM #

    The new logic of politics in Bim…..

    If your opponent in govt did not fullfill promises you are duty bound to do the same.

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  44. David January 2, 2017 at 7:41 AM #

    It has nothing to do with logic, it defines what is blind partisan political poppycock.

    #yardfowls

    >

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  45. Gabriel January 2, 2017 at 7:47 AM #

    Charles
    And so we had a spot of admiration that America had arrived.That blacks can aspire to the highest honour in the most powerful country on earth.The thought reduced Colin Powell to tears.We all thought America,that brash sometimes uncivilized country had had an epiphany.
    We were all wrong.

    Meanwhile Australia is also having beaches contaminated with poo.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-38487980

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  46. Vincent Haynes January 2, 2017 at 7:49 AM #

    David

    When a political operative can post that as an excuse for lack of performance and expects it to be accepted,all one can say if one was a believer is….lawd come fuh yuh world…..

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  47. David January 2, 2017 at 7:51 AM #

    It is why some have credibility and others do not.

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  48. Hal Austin January 2, 2017 at 7:58 AM #

    Recently, the UK-born minister of transport was in Britain with a team of officials talking to Transport for London, which used to be known as London Transport, about supplying the Transport Board with buses and maintenance help.
    The elephant in the room was that in the 1950s and 60s, London Transport came to Barbados and recruited hundreds of Barbadians to work on the buses and tube system, many of whom reached senior levels of management and are now retiring back to Barbados.
    Not once has the minister or his officials thought it relevant to talk to some of those retired workers about their experiences and any ideas they may have about the transport system.
    The same thing with the nurses, police and prison officers and those of Barbadian heritage who work in finance. I know, and many Barbadians do too, a multi-millionaire of Barbadian descent, whose office is about 200 yards from the Barbados high commission and they find it difficult asking him for any ideas.
    The problem is that although the young man’s mother hails from St Philip, as a school boy he would spend the long summer weeks with his family and as a result has an enormous love of Barbados.
    It is an opportunity in danger of being lost.

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  49. ac January 2, 2017 at 8:17 AM #

    What is a fact and not absent of logic drawn upon circumstances that affect economies is that not all promises made by govts are accomplished or materalise within a specific time frame
    If Artax wants to analayze any govt on promises not met He should also be reminded of any past govt that has held reigns of office in Barbados where several promises were not fulfilled
    The game of gottcha can be very tricky especially when the side one represent slip is showing

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  50. David January 2, 2017 at 8:55 AM #

    Good comment Hal, the BU household is also aware of many Barbadians retired from the London Transport now retired and resident in Barbados who are ignored. These people should be seated on the Boards of the Transport Board, Transport Authority and so on.

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  51. Artax January 2, 2017 at 9:02 AM #

    ac January 2, 2017 at 7:10 AM #

    “Artax did the BLP fulfilled all of their promises to the people in their fourteen year reign?”

    @ ac

    NO, the BLP did not fulfill all of their promises. This fact in addition to their arrogance was the reasons for them being REJECTED by the electorate in 2008………. 8 years, 11 months ago.

    Similarly, your lot has been UNABLE to fulfill ANY of their PROMISES to the people in their NINE YEAR REIGN as well. Including those promises of “GOOD GOVERNANCE” as identified on pages 46 to 48 of the DLP’s 2008 manifesto, which DO NOT REQUIRE FINANCING to IMPLEMENT, such as:

    1) “Politicians signing on to a code of conduct that promises Good Governance.” [Page 46]

    2) “Putting systems in place to reverse the trend of concentrating power into fewer and fewer hands.” [Page 46]

    3) Introduce INTEGRITY LEGISLATION with 100 days of assuming office. [Page 48]

    4) New Freedom of Information law. [Page 48]

    5) Amendments to the Defamation laws. [Page 48]

    6) New constitutional provisions to rationalise the powers of the Prime Minister. [Page 48]

    7) “Each Member of Parliament identifying one day per week as Constituency Affairs Day, where the member is physically present at the office or visibly involved in constituency related activities.” [Page 48]

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  52. vincent haynes January 2, 2017 at 9:03 AM #

    David

    If you put competent people on boards,you will destroy the yardfowl system.

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  53. TheGazer January 2, 2017 at 9:05 AM #

    Breaking News
    The GOB satisfied with the success of its life saving strategy through the use of strategically placed potholes announced two new initiatives.

    The Minister of Transportation and works announced the creation of several “No Go Zones” throughout the island. In a press release the Minister stated “The primary cause of vehicular accidents is the movement of vehicles. These No GO Zones will bring all vehicles to a complete standstill, hence a reduction in accidents. We are also investigating having a mandatory minimum parking time of 12 hours in some areas of Bridgetown”.

    Not to be outdone, BW announced identifying several desert regions within Barbados and stated “We will focus maximum resources in serving the non-desert areas and strive to keep the desert areas at their current size”. When told that a desert is defined by the amount of rainfall and not lack of water in pipes, the spokesman was quick to state “You, go and live in one of those areas for 5 days and come back and tell me about how much water you drank”

    I have not seen any recent mention of our water woes. Conclusion: the problem is solved or the duration of the issue is longer than our attention span.

    Seriously, at times it looks as if GOB ministers have a comedy script and are following it. Or perhaps they think the two classes are the ‘political class’ and the stupids.

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  54. TheGazer January 2, 2017 at 9:13 AM #

    More breaking news
    A BU blogger ”Artax” dropped his pseudonym and was promptly arrested for his incessant pummeling of ‘ac’. The arresting officer stated that “Given ac’s known limitations, Artax actions can only be described as willful abuse’.

    It’s a beautiful day. Enjoy yourselves.

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  55. Artax January 2, 2017 at 9:24 AM #

    “A major FAILING of government under the BLP over the past thirteen years has been its RELUCTANCE to take the PEOPLE of Barbados into its CONFIDENCE and EXPLAIN to them what it HAS BEEN DOING on THEIR BEHALF. There has been an ABSENCE of INFORMATIVE Press Conferences and RELEASES which INFORM Barbados about GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES and its DEALING. Parliamentary questions raised by the people’s representatives are ignored. REPORTS from the Auditor General are DISREGARDED.” [Page 47, DLP’s 2008 manifesto]

    The first sentence could be rewritten, (CETERIS PARIBUS), as: “A major FAILING of government under the DLP over the past nine years….”

    This inept DLP administration’s 2008 election campaign was based on providing good governance, transparency and accountability. After making grandeur promises of GOOD GOVERNANCE, how does this inept DLP administration respond?

    1) Repealed the Public Accounts Committee [PAC] Act.

    2) Ministers of government showing contempt for the PAC by hiding behind DLP stooge Hal Gollop, when they were asked to attend a Committee meeting to explain the results of an Auditor General’s special audit.

    These actions are consistent with the statement on page 47 of their 2008 manifesto re: “REPORTS from the Auditor General (CONTINUE to be) DISREGARDED.”

    3) “There has been an ABSENCE of INFORMATIVE Press Conferences and RELEASES which INFORM Barbados about GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES and its DEALING.” CAHILL, GROTTO, new BWA Headquarters, matters relating to managing the economy and HYATT immediately comes to mind.

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  56. ac January 2, 2017 at 9:31 AM #

    Artax.
    Did the BlP fufilled all its promises to the people in their fouteen year reign
    Reply Artax. No
    ………………

    AC. Reply …

    I rest my case

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  57. Artax January 2, 2017 at 9:47 AM #

    @ ac

    When you are dealing with issues such as the LIALPA post, you generally make some sensible comments. However, politics is not your forte, because you present some real shiite arguments.

    How on one hand you could state that “What is a fact and not absent of logic drawn upon circumstances that affect economies is that not all promises made by govts are accomplished or materalise within a specific time frame.” “Within a specific time frame” is relative and, depending on the circumstances, could be interpreted as 14 years or 9 nine years.

    Then, on the other hand, you wrote a “contradictory” statement re: “He should also be reminded of any past govt that has held reigns of office in Barbados where several promises were NOT fulfilled.”

    AC, as Bushie correctly mentioned in one of his contributions, you and Denis Kellman are of the household. Reminds me of Kellman’s post which seemed to be suggesting low cost housing is defined by the financial status of the occupant.

    The “fact and not absent of logic drawn upon circumstances that affect economies is that not all promises made by govts are accomplished or materalise within a specific time frame,” WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE THE REASONS WHY “any past govt that has held reigns of office in Barbados where several promises were not fulfilled.”

    Remember……..“The game of gottcha can be very tricky especially when the side one represent slip is showing.” And those in the BU forum know your DLP slip is ALWAYS showing.

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  58. Vincent Haynes January 2, 2017 at 9:50 AM #

    Chuckle…….are these people for real…..one wrong justifies another wrong…….Bim yuh in fuh a rough ride.

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  59. Gabriel January 2, 2017 at 9:54 AM #

    Speaking of Hyatt.I was so incensed to see an article in yesterday’s Sun on that man Maloney,I withdrew the offending page and threw it out.When are our newspaper editors going to realize the people to big up are your own.Let the likes of Maloney buy space for bigging up his albino self and let it be said….’paid advertisement’.Grotto,hard rock,Villages all contaminated.

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  60. Artax January 2, 2017 at 10:02 AM #

    @ ac

    Don’t rest your case as yet.

    I also stated “This fact in addition to their arrogance was the reasons for them being REJECTED by the electorate in 2008………. 8 years, 11 months ago.”

    However, the DLP has been unable to fulfill their promises and have exhibited a high level of arrogance as well.

    As a result, the DEMS will also SUFFER a SIMILAR FATE of being REJECTED by the electorate in 2018.

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  61. David January 2, 2017 at 10:03 AM #

    Maloney will always get support because he does what it takes to demand command support -he throws money around.

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  62. 555dubstreet January 2, 2017 at 10:20 AM #

    Who is the Bitch Bastard Son of a Gun marking down everyone -1

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  63. Hants January 2, 2017 at 10:42 AM #

    SOLAR….SOLAR….SOLAR

    “Now, her monthly energy bill is about to drop by more than a quarter. She’s getting solar panels installed on her bungalow, for free, under a state-funded program paid for by California’s cap-and-trade revenues.”

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/solar-panels-low-income-california-1.3917318

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  64. Hants January 2, 2017 at 10:46 AM #

    nuh lotta long talk.

    Barbadians need to demand that government make all Solar equipment DUTY FREE.

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  65. David January 2, 2017 at 10:47 AM #

    @Hants

    We have been discussing hedging on another blog, another way to hedge is to pursue a diversification strategy and this is what the government is trying to do with its alternative energy plan. Although commendable we have seen too many delays with such an important program.

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  66. Gabriel January 2, 2017 at 11:15 AM #

    Here is one island that has gone fully solar and which can teach us a thing or two.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/28/south-pacific-island-ditches-fossil-fuels-to-run-entirely-on-solar-power

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  67. ac January 2, 2017 at 11:48 AM #

    Artax

    Oh well .we shall see what the electorate says

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  68. NorthernObserver January 2, 2017 at 2:35 PM #

    DenisKellman’s Brain ‏@kellmansbrain 54m54 minutes ago
    If the PM attempts to ban me from social media I will make sure my last post will be about his middle name.

    DenisKellman’s Brain ‏@kellmansbrain 1h1 hour ago
    Richard Sealy only went in that shite water to get votes. I’m proud of him. Because it is we the politicians that go through shite for u

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  69. Hants January 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM #

    A BARRIER across the road at Heron Bay in Porters, St James, has evoked the ire of some visitors who claim it is denying them access to the beach.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/92078/roadblock-heron-bay#sthash.EohT1EZj.dpuf

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  70. Hants January 4, 2017 at 9:32 AM #

    IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Way out to sea with marina

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/92089/public-sea-marina#sthash.YimVFtOX.dpuf

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